Staff Correspondent

Kannada and Culture Secretary pledges support to promotion of heritage

Several musicians were felicitated

Monthly pension for artists enhanced

HASSAN: Just as the Cauvery takes its origin in Talacauvery in Kodagu district, so does the Sangeetha Grama, which holds special significance for musicians, “belong” to Rudrapattana in Hassan district.

“Rudrapattana, that is on the banks of the Cauvery, has seen many a great musician,” says Secretary to the Information, Kannada and Culture Department B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs.

He was addressing a gathering at Rudrapattana in Arkalgud taluk on Sunday after felicitating musicians at the ninth annual music festival organised by the Rudrapattana Sangeethotsava Samiti. The three-day fiesta concluded on Sunday night.

Mr. Urs lauded the efforts of R.K. Padmanabha, who is instrumental in organising the music festival every year in Hassan district. He said art should not stagnate, and should flow like water.

On the occasion, violinist M. Mahadevappa from Mysore was given the Nacharamma Prashasti, that included a golden handcuff, an Abhinandana Pathra, a memento and a shawl.

Mr. Urs said Karnataka was well known for its vibrant art and culture, which received due patronage from the Mysore rulers. He said the Government on its part was making every effort to encourage culture and heritage. It had released grants to universities, academies and had constructed open air theatres in urban/rural areas, apart from holding regular Kannada Sahitya Sammelans.

Mr. Urs said the Government had enhanced the pension for artists from Rs. 200 a month to Rs. 500.

For the development of the Kannada language, the Government planned to translate books written by Jnanpith Award-winners into various other languages.

Replying to the felicitations, Mr. Mahadevappa compared music to an ocean and advised its students to work hard.

Earlier, Mr. Padmanabha welcomed the gathering and Lakshmikeshava proposed a vote of thanks.